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Planting Tomatoes Upside Down


There are lots of ways to grow tomatoes upside down in containers. One of the most common is to use a bucket with a hole in the bottom of the bucket. You need soil in bags. Mix the soil up as directed on the bag and have it on the side ready to go.

Then you cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket about two and half inches in diameter. The size of the hole can be adjusted depending on the size of the plants. Take your tomato plant and very carefully so as not to injure the poor little plant slide it through the hole in the inside of the bucket with the top down. Take your time and feed all the little plant arms through the hole as carefully as possible and when you are done it should be resting on the bottom with the whole plant sticking out to the outside of the bucket. This works best with a very young plant of course.

If the seedling is, slipping out of the hole at first then just cut a hole in some coffee filters and stick the plant through the coffee filters to give something that helps hold the plant in place as it rests in the hole of the bucket.

Then you want to fill the bucket about half full with the soil. This is easier if you have someone to hold the bucket for you since you cannot set it down without crushing the tomato plant. Once you have the soil in place then you need to find a place to hang the bucket. The bucket is upright and the plant is sticking out of the bottom of it. So the handle will be perfectly balanced to just allow you to hang the bucket on a hook or something that you would usually use for hanging planters.

Typically green buckets are used since the color seems to look best with the plant coming out of it. But if you want you can paint the bucket or even put designs on it to make it look less “buckety”.

Water your plants at the top of the bucket.

There you have it. It is that simple to have a tomato plant growing upside down. Enjoy those tomatoes.

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